"Ask and it will be given to you
seek and you will find
knock and the door will be opened to you"(Matthew 7:7).
A leper heard the news of Jesus.
Long ago, there was leprosy in Israel.
Leprosy was a terrible sickness. It was an inveterate disease. A leper could not live with his father, mother and brothers. A leper had to live alone in the wilderness or mountains where people didn’t live.
One day a leper heard the news of Jesus from a traveler. Even though the people didn't know much about Him, he was told Jesus could cure any disease with only a touch. Now he could have new hope. He decided to go to Jesus and be cured.
At last, the leper could see Jesus teaching by the lake. He couldn't get too close to Jesus, because he had the dreadful disease. So he heard Jesus' sermon from a distance waiting for opportunity to meet Him.
At last Jesus finished his sermon, and was beginning to heal sick people. Just then he ran like a leopard and kneeled in front to Jesus and begged him to cure him.
“Lord, if you will, you can make me clean”
Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him. And saying, “I'm willing, be clean”(Matthew 5:13).
At the moment he knew that all blood of his body became clean. His rotten feet and hands were cleansed. He couldn't believe this was happening to him. He could only shed tears of joy.
Ten lepers at a time
The leper thought that he would never see his family and friends again. But now he was able to not only see but also be with them. He was how ecstatic! Other lepers who heard about this wanted to be healed, too. Ten lepers, decided to go to Jesus. They saw Jesus traveling to Jerusalem, and they cried from afar.
“Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” (Luke 17:13)
They cried out loudly. Jesus took pity on them, and said,
“Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
The lepers were very glad. When they began to run toward the temple, the miracle happened. Their flesh had become clean and new again. All the pain had disappeared. Their minds were filled with joy.
Then one of them turned back towards Jesus, praising God with a loud voice and giving Him thanks, he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, and he shed tears. He was a Samaritan; the other nine men were Jews.
Then Jesus said, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Rise and go; your faith has made you well”(Luke 17:11-18). And Jesus felt sorrow for the other nine didn't come back(Luke 17:11-18).
One packed lunch feeds five thousand men.
One day Jesus went to a deserted seashore to rest with his disciples. They had been so busy that they didn't even have time to eat.
Many people saw them leave and knew at once who they were; so they came from all the towns and ran ahead by land and arrived at the place ahead of Jesus and his disciples. When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. When it was getting late, his disciples came to him and said,
“It is already very late, and this is a deserted place. Send the people away, and let them go to the nearby farms and villages in order to buy themselves something to eat”(Mark 6:35, 36).
Then Jesus said, “You give them something to eat”(Mark 6:37).
The disciples were surprised at Jesus' words. How could they feed such a great throng? When Jesus saw that they were confused, He said to them.
"How many loaves do you have?" (Mark 6:38)
Then Andrew reported that there were only five loaves and two fish that a boy had taken with him.
According to Jesus' instructions, everyone sat on the ground.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, Jesus looked up to heaven, blessed, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
Then a marvelous thing happened. No matter how much they distributed, they didn't run short.
That day after the disciples distributed the bread to the crowd, they took up what was left over. There were twelve baskets of leftovers. Five thousand men had gathered there. The disciples bowed their heads at the great power of Jesus.
Not only the disciples, but also even the crowd thought that indeed Jesus was certainly the Messiah who had come to save the Jews.
Jesus' friend, Lazarus
Whenever Jesus was tired from teaching and preaching the gospel, he visited Lazarus and rested.
Lazarus lived with his two sisters, Mary and Martha. They always welcomed Jesus gladly so Jesus could fully rest and relax, just like he needed to.
One day, while Jesus was busy in another village, He heard the news that Lazarus had a terrible sickness. When Martha and Mary sent this news, they thought Jesus would come and cure him immediately. But Jesus didn't come quickly. So, Lazarus became worse and worse and finally died.
Mary and Martha held the funeral of Lazarus and buried him with grief. Jesus arrived there the fourth day after Lazarus had died.
They said to Jesus in their sorrow. “If you had been here, my brother would not have died”(John 11:21).
But, Jesus said to them, “Your brother will rise again”(John 11:23). and consoled them.
“I know he will rise to life on the last day.” Martha answered still deep in sorrow.
Then Jesus said with certainty.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”(John 11:26).
Only then did Martha recover consciousness and have strong faith. “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world”(John 11:27).
Mary cried, and guided Jesus to the grave. People who gathered there cried and even Jesus cried too. But Jesus didn't cry for the death of Lazarus.
He felt sad because people didn't believe in Him. “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”(John 11:37).
After a while Jesus ordered them to move the stone from the entrance of the grave. Martha was quite surprised.
"But, Lord, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days"(John 11:39).
Jesus scolded Martha severely.
“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”(John 11:40).
They took the stone away and Jesus called out in a loud voice. “Lazarus, come out!”(John 11:43).
Everyone gazed at the entrance. Then, he came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. Mary and Martha ran to him and hugged him shedding tears of joy.
Lazarus was surely brought to life by Jesus' power.
Jesus did numerous miracles besides this. God can do anything! When we obey to God, we can overcome any difficulty by his power. Jesus always takes care of us.
Jesus can do anything
Let's find out in the Bible what else Jesus did.
1. Jesus raises a widow's son(Luke 7:11-15).
2. The healing of a demon-possessed man(Luke 8:26-33).
3. Jesus calms the storm(Luke 8:22-25).
4. Jesus walks on the water(Matthew 14:22, 23).
He healed the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the crippled... so many people according to their faith.